Founder, Startup, and Communities: Why a Robust Startup Scene Is Everything. Chris Heivly co-founded MapQuest (which sold to AOL for $1.2 billion) and was sole managing director of 77 Capital (a $25 million venture fund). Heivly currently serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast and as an EIR at Techstars. As one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies, Chris has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.” For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Chris has a clear understanding of what it takes to build a successful startup community, and sheds light on some of the key factors for markets to consider.
Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most
recognized brands, including MapQuest, Rand McNally, and Accenture.
He co-founded MapQuest, is a long-time angel investor, ran a corporate venture fund and 2 micro venture funds (total over $75M) and for the last 2 years serves as EIR with Techstars.
Chris enjoys the challenge of solving business problems and the opportunity to make a difference. Originally educated as a geographer, he can be considered one of the first “map geeks” as he combined cartography and computers to revolutionize government as well as private industry. Chris helped change the way you and I navigate everyday.
Chris writes for INC.COM, his blog at heivly.com and recently published his first book about startups called Build The Fort. His current mission is to help accelerate the growth of startup communities’ worldwide working with Techstars and Brad Feld, author of Startup Communities.